Singapore was ranked alongside with Paris as one of the most expensive cities to live in 2018 according to The Economist. Still, as locals will tell you, there are little ways to make your life better (and also more environmentally-friendly!) in Singapore.
Here are 10 according to this Reddit thread:
1) Rack up EZ-Link Card points for discounts
The top tip comes from Reddit user hazy_future: if you have an adult EZ-Link card, download the EZ-Link app and register your card to the app in order to rack up points when you tap your EZ-link card. The points can then be used to redeem things like Old Chang Kee curry puffs and even Zalora vouchers! Check out these 7 Bus Arrival Apps for you to beat the clock!
2) Lighten your loose change compartment
Too many loose coins in your wallet? If you want to lighten your load, Reddit user porgception suggests using one of the ubiquitous vending machines to help you out. Simply put 5 20-cent coins into a machine, hit refund, and voila – you’ll get a golden dollar back!
3) Raid the Value Dollar store for bargains
You might have noticed the Value Dollar Store or ABC store with its fire-sales banners. With tons of goodies going for very affordable prices, it’s a good place to stock up on European imported chocolates, or household cleaners that usually cost more in major grocery stores. We have Reddit user deathbrainzto thank for this tip.
4) Pay a one-way ride fare for 2 rides
The tip suggested by this reddit user (gottaname) is ingenious; if you can get your errands done in 45 minutes, boarding another bus will only cost you the fare of one trip!
5) Use the extended visiting hours in hospitals
If you’re a caregiver of a loved one in the hospital, you will want to ensure that we are able to see the patient regularly. However, working hours may interfere with patient visitation hours. There is a “main caregiver” card that allows caregivers all day access to the ward. Reddit user MissCreepyStories pointed this out; a great tip for those of us who may need to visit elderly patients in the hospital.
6) Ordering coffee at local coffee shops (or kopitiams) like a pro
This tip is good for caffeine addicts! Reddit user velvetmotel suggests telling your kopitiam barista to add ‘ti loh’ when you are buying iced coffee/tea, which translates to pour directly, so that the drink does not become diluted from the ice.
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7) Save the environment and some money
If you bring your own reusable tumblers at the Kopitiam, your drinks are given a discount of 20 cents. Starbucks will also give you 50 cents of your drink order. A win for the environment as you don’t have to use takeaway plastic cups! Reddit user smith_dwg also suggests buying the tumblers from Carousell for a more affordable price.
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8) Take up the Health Promotion Board challenge
If you haven’t done this yet, you really should. A free activity tracker is given to you if you sign up for the Health Promotion Board (HPB) challenge, and download the HPB app. You clock points by walking at least 10,000 steps daily, and the points can be used for NTUC vouchers or to top up your EZ-Link card, amongst other rewards. Reddit user Dragonflysg swears by this method of losing weight and gaining benefits.
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9) Give your unwanted clothes away
Here’s another environmentally-saving tip: H&M offers 15% discount coupons for those who bring their unwanted clothes to them. One bag is one coupon – it’s perfect for New Year spring cleaning or last minute shopping! Reddit user friendlymeow contributed this tip.
10) Watch movies at a cinema for less
According to reddit user UndisclosedSum, this tip will help you to watch more movies for less. The Golden Village membership card allows you to watch movies at GV cinemas on Tuesday at just $6.50! A quick check on the site also shows that the GV Membership allows you to get discounts on other partner restaurants. If you’re a student, watching movies before 5 pm is $7. If it’s nearly your birthday, check out these 12 Ways To Get Free Stuff Or Discounts For Your Birthday!
Thanks to Reddit, these 10 tips are guaranteed to help you to live better in Singapore. More importantly, slow down and smell the roses – the city might not be the most affordable, but it is definitely livable. You just have to look for the best way to get your money’s worth!
This article originally appeared on BeScene SG.
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